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Mlle Simon and Mlle Troisvallets Mlle. Élisa Troisvallets was a dancer with the Paris Opéra. In 1860, she danced the role of the Harvest Fairy in Le Papillon, the ballet created by Marie Taglioni for Emma Livry. In March 1861, she was one of the Three Graces in the divertissement inserted into Act I of Wagner’s Tannhäuser (the other two were Mlles. Rousseau and Stoïkoff); the new opera received a notoriously hostile reception and closed after only three performances. The da

Felia Doubrovska in the title role of Firebird, 1926. Photos courtesy of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Dancers of unprecedented virtuosity performed ballets with exotic, Orientalist themes that expressed seething passions and defied the stiff formalism of the danse d’école. They wore extravagant costumes—harem pants and tunics as often as tutus and doublets—against scenery of a swirling, painterly…

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/The Ballet Bag by Royal Opera House Covent Garden, via Flickr

John Lowe, age 91 -- "Mr Lowe only took up ballet at the age of 79, but has landed a starring role to celebrate his remarkable life in Strauss’s "An Artist’s Life." The retired soldier, art teacher and theatre director will join dancers more than half his age to perform a routine at Ely Cathedral."

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Mlle Emarot / dans Guillaume Tell

Célestine Emarot was a soloist at the Paris Opera and the mother of the talented Emma Livry, the dancer who was tragically burned to death when her costume caught fire in 1860.

The famous ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev was a great collector of antique textiles and carpets.

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history and was most noted as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.